She did well at AO years ago, making SF and F in her peak years. She made the 2008 QF too but was injured (and that other QF in 2010 which didn't happen ). It's not some weird allergy she's developed to the tournament .
I bet the intense heat doesn't help her Sjogrens - before that started popping up she did fine at the AO.
Slower surface than USO exposes more technical flaws forces her to hit more balls and therefore more errors.
2 weeks into the season. Venus unlike Serena works into a season and often doesn't start playing her best tennis straight away.
Hot, Dry conditions possibly tire her out even quicker given her syndrome.
Confidence player who doesn't seem to feels as comfortable or have the same connection with the venue and event as at somewhere like Wimbledon, often giving the impression not that she's not trying, but that a loss here isn't the end of the world for her.
Loads of reasons tbh
Although given her quality and success elsewhere it is surprising that 1998-2003 she didnt manage to sneak a win in somewhere. 2002 had she not screwed up her knee in hindsight looks the biggest missed opportunity, but unfortunately it looks beyond her now hopefully 10 years on from her last final here she proves me wrong!
Each tournament is important for me, ... Each tournament would do something to my ranking and such kind of thing, step forward for the future. Also I think it's the opportunity, the opportunity to do what I love, to play my best, to play for the people who appreciate what I do.
Couple of years she's been injured and played, but mainly she comes in pretty rusty and not ready and these courts are too slow for her to be rusty on. I like that she's at least playing Hopman Cup this year.
I think it is her match play. As she has gotten older, she has relied on match play to get into form. You never see her tank events like Serena because it means so much more for her in the long term. In January, Venus has nothing to rely on and she is more likely to throw in a dud.
The belief that man is an irresolute creature pulled this way and that by two forces of equal strength, alternately winning and losing the battle for his soul; the conviction that human life is nothing more than an uncertain struggle between heaven and hell; the faith in two opposed entities, Satan and Christ - all this was bound to engender those internal discords in which the mind, excited by the incessant fighting, stimulated as it were by the constant promises and threats, ends up by giving in and prostitutes itself to whichever of the two combatants has been more obstinate in its pursuit. Life isn't black and white, it's gold.